Brought out of retirement to serve on the battlefield once…

Brought out of retirement to serve on the battlefield once again, the M1A in 7.62x51mm is an effective weapon at longer ranges where the M16 loses much of its stopping power, while remaining equally proficient in close quarter battle.

Weapons systems evolve as improvements to the original design are developed over time. The M14, it can be argued, is an improved version of the M1 Garand, since warfighters during World War II tinkered with the latter in an attempt to make it more useful. A few of the modifications they made were incorporated into the T44, which was the prototype for the M14.

Some of these design modifications were select-fire capability and a detachable 20-round box magazine similar to that of the Browning Automatic Rifle. A shorter but almost ballistically equivalent round, the 7.62x51mm, was developed to replace the .30-06, while a short stroke piston replaced the M1’s piston-operating rod design. The rest of the gun was very similar to the M1 Garand, and after evaluation and testing that pitted the gun against the Fabrique Nationale FAL, in 1957 the U.S. military adopted it as the M14.

The M1A’s aperture rear sight is adjustable for windage and elevation by use of knobs on each side of the sight base.

After the gun was fielded, it was realized that the M14 could be quite difficult to control in automatic fire due to the relatively light weight of the gun, so nearly all selector switches were replaced with a selector lock that did not permit full-auto fire.

The muzzle of the Springfield M1A is distinctive with its flash suppressor and front sight that is protected by sturdy ears.

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  • J.D.

    M1A’s, Ak’s, FAL’s, has it ever occurred to gunsmith’s & Manufacturers all around the world that the closest they’ll ever come to making/manufacturing, the perfect Assault/Battle etc. Rifles has already been done if they put a quarter (1/4) of the effort they put into remaking, recreating, upgrading, optimizing, and or accessorizing the hundreds of different types & variants or the Ar Rifles. Into further Enhancement & modernization of these 3 rifles, or even just one of them that it would no doubt be the weapon of choice for many Law Enforcement, Military, And even Civilians. Now that’s a fine idea if I’ve ever heard one yea?

  • Curtis Mizell

    I have a Springfield SOCOM 16. I fell in love with the rifle as soon as I shot it. Since I first purchased it, I have added a Troy Industries MCS stock and an AIMPOINT PRO optic. I cant ask for a better CQB weapon, even at a couple hundred yards its accurate. It can accomplish everything I ask it to.

  • Tony Yates

    @ LUMEN: Try the optics mount from Smith Enterprises, makers of the famous Vortex flash suppressor & M14 “Crazy Horse”. See: Brownells.com

  • Lumen

    Amazingly Accurate rifle. We shoot AR-10A4, Russian Saiga in 308, and some random bolt actions. I have a Springfield Armory M1A “Loaded” rifle now that I had since I was in the military. There is only ONE weakness in the Springfield Rifle that is noticeable, It is really hard to get a good scope mounted on it. The factory mount lasted me a couple hundred rounds. I got a second mount from ARMS Inc. It didnt last much longer. Feeling frustrated I just didnt scope it out for the longest time. Recently I found a new style mount, I use the Charger Guide Rail Mount from UTG now. It has outlasted all other mounts so far.
    WITH The scope on this amazing piece of engineering, I am able to shoot .55 inch Groups at 100 yards and even out perform many of the bolt action rifles around me. Maybe because M1A loadeds come from the factory with match grade barrels and trigger groups!
    Like I said before, AMAZING performance from a semi-automatic battle rifle that can be dry-fired without any damage, and can handle overpressured loads without a hickup!

  • Love to have one!

  • Richard

    Still proves old idea can still work on morden battle field work well.